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The Posies “Failure”

Special re-mastered edition of The Posies debut album out now! Back in 1988, teenagers Jonathan Auer and Ken Stringfellow created a demo tape that they handed out at shows. Created at Jon’s makeshift 8-track studio in his parents TV room, little did they realize they were making power pop history. Despite some inexperienced quirks, the […]

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The Ugly Beats and The Roaring Juniors

The Ugly Beats “Brand New Day” Austin, Texas band The Ugly Beats have been making glorious 1960s garage-styled power pop for over ten years now, and their newest release is testament to this approach.  However on this album there is less a reliance on the stomping rough style (like The Troggs) and more actual melodies […]

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Video Wednesday: Rick Hromadka and Justin Levinson

Power Popaholic Live This Sunday (8/24) Get ready for Aaron to appear on Dave The Boogieman’s show streaming live at 7:30pm – 11:00pm this Sunday on 11L New York Radio International. And if you tune in you could win some FREE music! I will be playing favorites from the Power Popaholic Music Vault and later […]

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Jeff Larson and Smash Palace

Jeff Larson “Close Circle” Like an old friend visiting, Jeff Larson’s new album is another comforting pop tonic. Larson’s regular crew include Jeff Pevar (CPR, Crosby, Stills & Nash), Gerry Beckley & Dewey Bunnell (America) and Jeffrey Foskett (Beach Boys). The opener “Rescue” is a pensive plea about aging and hope, sung with an earnest […]

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Cruise Elroy and Future Caveman

Cruise Elroy “EP1 and EP2″ A while ago I discovered a talented up-an-coming New York musician named Chris Merritt who has a gift for combining catchy melodies and scientific lyrics into lo-fi symphonies that caught my attention. A few years later he’s taken some of those gems and polished them up for his new band […]

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